Getting out of Egypt is difficult these days if you are not being abused.When Marie called and said she had a window of opportunity to get out of her home, we faced multiple challenges just getting her and her child to the airport safely. After three months of safety planning, advocacy and case management, Marie and her child are home safe in the USA.
Political unrest is an added layer of difficulty we encounter when we are helping abused American mothers flee back home to the USA with their children to seek safety. A danger to safety relocation can take months, and involve six or seven different agencies and 'eyes on the ground.' A relocation such as Marie's means case managers have to be available around the clock for the 24 to 48 hours coordinating every aspect of travel, ground transportation and hotel or shelter stays along the way until the final destination is reached.
Without support of donors like you rescuing American mothers and children would not be possible.
Thank you for your belief in our mission! Warmest wishes, Paula
When Alisah moved overseas with her husband James she never thought she would need help. As James became more and more violent she looked desperately for resources. In April of this year Alisah found the Danger to Safety Relocation for DV Survivors on GlobalGiving and called us. Within six weeks we were able to get Alisah and her six month old daughter home, thanks to your generous donations.
Here is a note from Alisah: I know you don't know me but I want to thank you for helping me. I didn't think anyone cared and I was left on my own to escape. But here I am safe back in the USA with my daughter because of you. I thank you with all my heart.
Because of your generosity, 21 families were able to get from danger to safety back to the United States in 2012.
That is a record number! These families are now at various stages of re-establishing their lives free of violence after seeking safety at home.
Here is a quote from one family:"I didn't think anyone cared. When I found your information on the internet and called I could not believe I was speaking to someone who understood what it was like to be an American trapped in a foreign country fearing for the lives of myself and my children. God bless you for rescuing my family..."
100% of donations to this project go directlly to relocation costs so Americans in domestic violence crisis can come home. Thank you so much for believing in our mission!
We are grateful to our expanding team of staff, volunteers and board members who use their talents every day, often under very stressful conditions, to impact the lives of thousands of American women, children and men abused in foreign countries. Our team of three case managers six advocates work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on very complex issues and for that we are blessed.
While we won't have the exact statistics until January 2013, we have provided danger to safety relocation to at least 20 victims plus their children in 2012 These cases of Americans abused overseas have increased in intensity, complexity and possible lethality including pregnant women, forced marriage and honor killings.
Angela is one such victim who arrived safelty back to the USA just this week. After working with Angela for over six months providing advocacy with the American Embassy, safety planning and emotional support, we provided funds for ariline flights from London to Chicago. We were able to arrange a "safe" contact for her and her son upon arrival and they are now safe in shelter. We will continue to work with Angela as she re-establishes her life in the USA.
Without the contributions of donors like you it would be impossible to meet the need to provide victims like Angela with danger to safety relocation that we experienced in 2012. Angela wrote in an email: "I feel I am waking up from a very long bad nightmare. I feel exhausted but free. I can't thank you enough."
In 2013 we envision peace in every home. A world where no child has to experience violence in the one place they should feel safe. Where they will learn to love and be loved with their self-esteem in tact. Warmest wishes to you and your family for 2013. Paula, Noelle, Debra, Rachel, Lucinda, Jenn, Stephanie, Hannah, Zoe, Aspen & Vicki
P.S. We have multiple micro-projects on Global Giving that you may be interested in supporting before the end of 2012, where a small donation makes a big impact.
Because of your donations to our Danger to Safety Relocation for DV Survivors, Karen and her baby daughter Kyra, will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with their family in the USA this year. Safe and away from abuse. Karen and her daughter fled abuse from Australia.
We can't thank you enough for believing in our mission and our team.
We also wanted to let you know that we have a Gift for Good featured on the Global Giving website in support of our danger to safety project. Check out our beautiful hand blocked pillow case from Jaipur, India for someone on your shopping list.
Thank you again for all your donations that are saving lives of women & children by getting them back home to the USA safely! Warmest wishes! Paula
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